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Here is another picture of my baby boy, this time with his Nan giving him a helping hand to sit up.

Would be interested to hear thoughts on how I can improve.

A bit of tweaking on levels and curves on PS and had to erase a toy that looked like it was coming out of his head!

Handheld using available light
F2.5 @ 1/160 secs
ISO 200

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:canon 50mm 1.4
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:A helping hand
Username:vickik vickik
Uploaded:28 Aug 2008 - 10:08 AM
Tags:Baby, Boy, General, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, Sitting
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Swati
Swati  6 India
28 Aug 2008 - 10:35 AM

Sooooooo. Cute.

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cjl47
cjl47  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2008 - 10:57 AM

Excellent portrait.
Loads of Ahhhhhhhh factor.
chris

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Carabosse e2 Member 1139450 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2008 - 11:27 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Agree about the Ahhhh factor! Wink

The eye contact (with catchlights) is good. The only downside is the hand (although I do realise the connection with the title!) - and the baby does look a bit orange on my monitor. I have attempted to address these issues in the modification I've uploaded.

Last Modified By Carabosse at 28 Aug 2008 - 11:28 AM

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ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014815 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2008 - 3:45 PM

yeah - the hand had to go - mainly bcause it's not telling us anything and looks like it should not be there,

if you had a smiling nan's face there, then it'd be part of the story.

anything like that in a shot can be distracting, badly placed trees, lamp posts, plug sockets etc.

if it's supposed to be there, give it pride of place, if not try your hardest to avoid it in-camera, or at worst, clone out later.

CB's mod demonstrates this well

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banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2867 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2008 - 11:45 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

The focus of this shot, - and most baby shots, is the childs face and expression.

In this shot, its really angelic, full of innocence, and deserves attention.

I understand you particularly wanted to include the had with the title, however I have loaded a mod with a crop that changes the look completely that you may like.

I cropped close to remove the hand; desaturated the colour, reduced red a little; added a diffuse glow to soften a tad; and added a little vignetting to further isolate the face.

Hope you like it and find the comments useful.

The mod by Caraboose is good also.

Regards


Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 28 Aug 2008 - 11:46 PM

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